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United States indicts 'Guccifer' hacker, extradition not promised

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 6:46 pm

The United States Justice Department indicted Marcel Lazar Lehel, a Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," accused of stealing personal information and posting it online. In a Romanian court last week, the hacker was sentenced to four years in prison for his activities, and it's unknown if the U.S. will try to extradite him after release.


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The U.S. could try to extradite Lazar to face trial once he's released from prison in Romania. No official request has been made to the Romanian government, but prosecutors could be waiting.


Guccifer was responsible for hacking George W. Bush's email account, posting personal self-portraits the former president created. He also released email correspondence of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and European Parliament member Corina Cretu, trying to hide an affair.

Apple warns some iPhone adapters in Europe pose a safety risk

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 5:10 pm

Apple is working iPhone users in Europe that some of the USB adapters could pose a safety risk. Apple has found that some of its USB adapters that shipped bundled with iPhones and were sold separately could overheat leading to a safety risk. The adapters shipped in Europe with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S.


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These adapters were sold from October 2009 until September 2012. The affected adapters have model A1300 printed on the on the bottom of the unit. You can see an example in the image above.

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Facebook Messenger adds new video sharing feature

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Facebook has been working on its messenger app a lot over the last few months in an effort to better compete with other offerings on the market. The messenger app has gained the ability to allow the user to quickly and easily share video messages with other users.


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With the updated app, users can record a short video by tapping and holding the camera button. When activated the camera defaults to the front facing camera on your phone. You can flip the camera around to show the person what you are looking at as well.

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NASA scores sharp images of near-Earth Asteroid using radar

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 3:06 pm

NASA has fired up a pair of giant radar telescopes to take some of the sharpest views of a near-Earth asteroid ever taken. The image you see here was taken on June 8, 2014 as a large asteroid called 2014 HQ124 slipped past the planet. The large asteroid has a length of 1200 feet.


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The asteroid has an irregular surface that is larger on one end than the other. Scientists believe that the asteroid could have formed from the impact of two asteroids that were fused into one. One of the most interesting feature images on the asteroid is a pointy hill near the middle of the object.

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Experiments in the US suggest massive underground water reservoirs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 2:00 pm

Recently some experiments were conducted in America that have given the first direct evidence that there are massive reservoirs of water under the surface of the Earth. These giant water reservoirs are hundreds of miles under the surface of the Earth and are said to hold water three times the amount of water in all the planet's oceans.


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Scientists believe that this massive water stockpile under the surface of the planet is trapped in minerals and has acted as a buffer to keep the oceans at roughly the same level for hundreds of millions of years.

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Harrison Ford injured on the set of new Star Wars movie

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 1:13 pm

Actor Harrison Ford is best known for his role in Star Wars as Han Solo. Ford is part of the cast for the new Star Wars films and was on set recently when reports indicate that he was injured. Reports from the set of the film indicate that a hydraulic door used on the set fell down and hit him while he was working.


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Medics on the set assessed his condition immediately and chose to have Ford airlifted to a local hospital for more treatment. The injury was reportedly to Ford's ankle.

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Feedly web and mobile apps taken offline by DDoS attack, again

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 12:05 pm

Fans of RSS reader Feedly have had a bad week with their favorite reader. Earlier this week the app was taken offline by a massive DDoS and admins behind the service were eventually able to get it back online. Feedly has again been taken offline by a second DDoS attack this week. The first attack came on Wednesday and left users unable to connect to their feeds.


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Interestingly, Evernote was also the victim of a DDoS attack at roughly the same time that blocked the 100 million users of that service from using it. Feedly is now being attacked by a second DDoS attack. Feedly issued a statement that reads, "We are currently being targeted by a second DDoS attack and are working with our service providers to mitigate the issue."

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Google in talks to buy stake in Virgin Galactic says rumor

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 11:00 am

Virgin Galactic is the company that Richard Branson put together over the last few years that will eventually take passengers into space. Only the wealthy will be able to afford these trips, as ticket prices will cost well over $100,000 each according to reports.


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Word has surfaced that Google is in talks to purchase a stake in Virgin Galactic. According to the rumor, it's not a chance to send normal people into space that Google wants. Rather Google wants access to satellite launching technology. Google bought Skybox Imaging this week for $500 million.

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Google rumored to unveil Google Fit, its health and fitness wearable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 10:24 am

Google I/O kicks off at the end of the month, where we should hear about a slew of new devices and services, with one of those being Google Fit. Google Fit is rumored to be Google's new health and fitness wearable device, which tracks a bunch of data about your body.


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What is unknown right now, is what exactly Google Fit will do - but one thing Google could do to stand out from the rest is to introduce a set of APIs that would allow developers to get deep into, expanding the Fit's feature set. It could work like Android Wear does for smartwatches, where Fit could turn into a centralized hub for health and fitness data, trackable by its users.


This could see Fit being the central hub of health and fitness information, available on your wrist. June 25 isn't far away, where we should hopefully hear more on Google Fit.

Vessyl smart cup identifies what you put in it and tracks fluid intake

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 13, 2014 10:19 am

Everything is getting smart these days from our phones to our watches. A new smart cup has turned up from a company called Mark One that is called the Vessyl. The smart cup has some interesting abilities. It knows what you put inside and can break the liquid down to its most vital components using sensors inside the cup.


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The goal of the cup is to help us change how we consume liquids during the day. The cup can monitor caffeine and sugar amounts and tracks calories. It also has a proprietary hydration measurement that it tracks called Pryme. All of these metrics that the cup can record are synced with an app on your smartphone.

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